A. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 1. The Historical Background 2. The Debate in Parliament 3. An Overview B. THE PRESENT 4. Freedom of Information until January 2005 C. THE STATUTORY SCHEME 5. Access to Information Held by Public Authorities 6. Exempt Information 7. Enforcement 8. Historical Records D. A COMPARATIVE VIEW 9. A Comparison with Freedom of Information Elsewhere E. RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER STATUTES 10. Data Protection 11. Medical Records 12. Secrecy 13. Whistle-Blowing 14. Money Laundering 15. Local Government 16. The Environment and Other Statutes F. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND THE COMMERCIAL WORLD 17. Implications for Business 18. Freedom of Information in Commercial Disputes 19. The Internet G. PRIVACY, CONFIDENTIALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS 20. Privacy and Confidentiality 21. The Human Rights Act 1998 H. DEVOLUTION 22. Scotland 23. Wales and Northern Ireland I. THE EUROPEAN UNION AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD 24. The European Union 25. The Right to Know in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States J. THE FUTURE 26. The Future FIRST CUMULATIVE SUPPLEMENT The Supplement follows the same structure as the main work, with each contributor providing updates to their chapter(s), carefully referenced to the relevant paragraph of the main work.